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Triathletes Run, Swim and Bike Their Way To Cary

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CARY — This year, the triathlon competition debuts at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. This weekend, the Triangle hosts some young triathletes who do more than "try" at the three-part event.

Children with physical disabilities feel they are often locked out of athletic competition, but the regional youth championship triathlon in Cary let physically challenged athletes compete with able bodied kids.

Lisa Mimms is one of several proud parents as her son, Torris, competes in his first triathlon. Torris was born with a club foot, missing fibular and outer ankle bones.

"He had just got his foot amputated and we all were crying, and he was like, 'Why are you all standing here? Why are you all looking at me like this," Mimms says. "Ever since then, nothing stops him. He loves a challenge. He has always been a go getter."

Torris says the event was a lot of fun.

"I got a lot of encouragement as I went," Torris says. "I started to get cramps and people kept telling me, 'Go! You're doing awesome!' and I just had to go."

Fit & Able Productions, a Cary non-profit group, helps physically challenged athletes train for triathlons.

"That is what I like about triathlon. It teaches kids the wide variety of things they can do," says Alisha Colopy of Fit & Able Productions.

Children with physical challenges who are interested in training as triathlon athletes are encouraged to call Fit & Able Productions in Cary at469-8675.



Lynn French, Reporter
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Kamal Wallace, Web Editor

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